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5 Questions for The Blue Bench Clinical Services Team

Whether you recently experienced a sexual assault, or are addressing an assault from your past, we have the therapeutic support you need.

To inquire about receiving therapy services, call our resource line: 

English: 303-329-9922 ext. 302 Español: 303-329-9922 ext. 338 Email:


How can I get connected to The Blue Bench therapy services? 

First, there is a phone screen with our resource team to make sure you’re connected to the right resources, and if therapy is the right option.

Some of the questions our resource team asks are to prepare you for what to expect in the therapy intake process.


What should I expect in the therapy intake? 

The intake assessment is for us to see if trauma therapy around sexual abuse is a good fit at this time, as well as to understand your needs, resources, and strengths.

Trauma therapy may not always be appropriate for clients with other conditions that take priority or that our team is not trained to treat.

For this reason, it’s important that we assess and ensure that our services are safe for the individual.


How do we structure intake to be survivor-focused and trauma-informed? 

We empower clients by offering both in-person and virtual service options, allowing them to control the pace of assessment.

While we inquire about sensitive topics, clients can decline specific questions, and we outline mandatory reporting requirements upfront.

Our staff encourages breaks for hydration, snacks, and coping skills to ensure client comfort and safety throughout the process.


What makes our intake process different in comparison to others?

Our intake process uniquely focuses on trauma and its symptoms, aligning with our specialization.

Unlike many mental health providers, we don't rush to diagnose during the initial assessment due to not billing insurance.

This allows us to take our time, better understand our clients, and tailor diagnoses to their specific needs later in the process.


How do you ensure clients feel safe and heard? 

We ask our clinicians to be intentional in introducing the process, answering questions clients may have, and to regularly check in with clients about how they are feeling.

If a client becomes overwhelmed during an intake, our staff can support them in practicing calming or grounding skills to make sure they feel as comfortable and regulated as possible.

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